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Mom on Stranger's Kind Act: 'I Cried My Way Up the Aisle'

Good Samaritan offered her his first-class seat when he saw her with baby, oxygen tank on flight
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2018 1:32 PM CST
An act of kindness on an American flight.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

(Newser) – To the passenger who was in seat 2D on American Airlines Flight 588 on Thursday, America applauds you. As does Kelsey Zwick, a young mom on that same flight with her 11-month-old daughter, Lucy, headed from Orlando to Philly to receive treatment for the baby's chronic lung disease. USA Today reports that Zwick, Lucy, and Lucy's oxygen tank had just settled into their window seat, with Zwick preemptively apologizing to nearby passengers about the noise Lucy might make during the flight. That's when, per Zwick's Facebook post, a flight attendant approached and informed her a man in first class wanted to give up his seat so Zwick and Lucy could be more comfortable during the ride. "I cried my way up the aisle while my daughter Lucy laughed!" she writes.

She was only able to say a brief "thank you" to the Good Samaritan, but after her post went viral, the two touched base again, and he told her her gratitude gave him a "birthday to remember," per Yahoo. Us Weekly has identified the kindly stranger as Jason Kunselman, and he notes he'd felt compelled to give up his seat after seeing Zwick lugging around herself, the baby, and the oxygen canister. Kunselman's gesture was especially touching to Zwick because she and her husband have been through so much over the past two years, including the birth of Lucy and her twin, Eva, at just 29 weeks; she details to Yahoo the struggles they've had since. "Thank you," she reiterates to Kunselman in her post. "Not just for the seat itself but for noticing. For seeing us and realizing that maybe things are not always easy." (This man stuck up for a mom being mocked on a plane.)

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